Former Grand Island Foundation Director Sentenced for Theft


A Doniphan woman has been sentenced in Hall County District Court to jail time, restitution and community service for stealing from the organization where she was director.

Lisa Katzberg, 46, was sentenced Wednesday to 120 days in jail, 5 years probation, $7,200 in restitution and 500 hours of community service. Katzberg pleaded guilty in March after prosecutors reduced the charge to a lesser felony.

Katzberg was originally charged with a single felony count of theft over $1,500 in October of 2012 for stealing from the Grand Island Community Foundation.

Prosecutors say that Katzberg embezzled thousands of dollars between June 1, 2009, and June 15, 2012. Authorities say an auditing firm found a bank account that Katzberg is alleged to have opened using foundation money to pay for private expenses.

Foundation board chairwoman Lynn Cronk has said Katzberg resigned on June 15 and has repaid the foundation more than $27,000.

Katzberg started working with the foundation, which is an umbrella organization that handles money from a variety of donors who wish to help the community, in May 2001.